Writing Experiments: Write This!

This is our space for prompts to help us experiment with our writing. It's a place and space to get inspired to write. Have something to share? Let me know!

This photo, of balloons, is from a festival held on Governor's Island each summer called Figment. It's a festival devoted to imagination. So, I thought it was fitting to use this image to imagine where we might go with our writing experiments!

 
 "Imagination"  Photo Credit: J. Elizabeth Clark/Liz Summit

"Imagination"

Photo Credit: J. Elizabeth Clark/Liz Summit

 

#1: Space

 "The Black Marble"  Photo Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Miguel Román, NASA GSFC.

"The Black Marble"

Photo Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Miguel Román, NASA GSFC.

 

"The most inspirational space video, ever"

Link: http://earthsky.org/space/the-most-inspirational-space-video

Write for a few minutes on the topic of space. What does it bring to mind? How do you envision space? What does space look like?


#2: Loss / Lost

Today's prompt is inspired by the poet Elizabeth Bishop and her famous poem, "One Art." Write about a time when you lost something. 

Here's the poem: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47536/one-art

More about Elizabeth Bishop and the poem: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/06/elizabeth-bishops-art-of-losing


#3: Words: Be Your Own Lexicographer

Lexicographer:
"a person who compiles dictionaries"

"Go Ahead, Make Up New Words!": https://www.ted.com/talks/erin_mckean_go_ahead_make_up_new_words

"Beautiful New Words To Describe Obscure Emotions": https://www.ted.com/talks/john_koenig_beautiful_new_words_to_describe_obscure_emotions

"50 Words for Rain": http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-18461189

Today's prompt asks you to follow Erin McKean's and John Koenig's impulse to create new words. Make a list of new words you think should exist! (Steal, compound, invent, blend, functional shift!...)


#4: Working in the Rain

Check out this amazing photo, "Working in the Rain" by Sunil Gopalan. Gopalan says, "One morning, as I was photographing Atlantic Puffins on a remote island in Scotland, the skies clouded over and it started raining. Soon it was pouring and the wind was blowing the water right into my lens. While rain can be discouraging, I think it offers an opportunity for some diversity of shots. The birds kept coming back from the sea with mouths full of fish. I was soaked - but so were the puffins. But they kept on working, and so did I."

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/11202281/


#5: Make Your Own Colors

whitecrayon.jpg

Imagine you have the power to create color. What kinds of colors would be in your crayon box? How would you name them? Make a list of your colors. No rules--this is all you!


#6: Alive With Artisans

 
 Salama Mahmoud’s dye workshop, where the cotton skeins are dunked in black ink from "Alive With Artisans: Cairo's al-Darb al-Ahmar District" photography by Christopher Wilton-Steer. Link to text and photos below.

Salama Mahmoud’s dye workshop, where the cotton skeins are dunked in black ink from "Alive With Artisans: Cairo's al-Darb al-Ahmar District" photography by Christopher Wilton-Steer. Link to text and photos below.

If you could write and illustrate (draw/paint/shoot/etc.) a travel location, what would it be? Why? How would pictures add to the story you want to tell?

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/mar/21/cairo-artisan-district-al-darb-al-ahmar-photo-essay


#7: Nobody’s Home?

Think of a time when nobody was home in your house. What happened there while everyone was gone? You can write about a real time. Or, you can make something up. Or, you can imagine what your house looks like when no one is there…

empty-house-tour7.jpg
 


#9: All Electricity Is… GONE!

What would you do it all the electricity in the world just stopped? 


#10: Imagining Your Night Sky

Draw an imaginary constellation. Write a story such as ancient people might have told about it. 


#11: Best Gadget Ever

Design some gadget, machine, building, or other creation that might enrich the future. What does it look like? What does it do? How does it function? In what ways might it benefit people?j


#12: Internet vs. Reality

Did you ever send away for something that turned out to be a disappointment?  (Or order something over the Internet)